VIDEO UPDATE Covenant of Care: Responding to the Sexual Abuse Crisis:
“The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is committed to providing safe and respectful church communities and to protecting people from abuse and harm that results from abuse.” – Brenda Fitzgerald, Chair, Diocesan Committee for the Covenant of Care and Serious Misconduct Protocol.
Transcript – Brenda Fitzgerald: CLICK for PDF
VIDEO UPDATE Involvement of the Laity:
“For many years, each parish has been required to have a volunteer position known as a Parish Coordinator of Care. In September we reached out to parishes to provide an update regarding their person designated.” – Theresa Campbell, Diocesan Coordinator of Care and Director of Operations at the Catholic Pastoral Centre
Transcript of Update from Theresa Campbell: CLICK for PDF
VIDEO UPDATE from Bishop Mark Hagemoen:
“We need to listen to and support victims and survivors. This is the perspective from which all our efforts begin.” – Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.
Transcript of Update from Bishop Mark Hagemoen: CLICK for PDF
Training sessions Nov. 26 and Dec. 3
Training sessions related to diocesan Covenant of Care and safeguarding policies, abuse prevention and response were held at two locations:
- 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at St. Augustine Parish in Humboldt
- 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon
Clergy, parish staff, Catholic Pastoral Centre staff, Parish Coordinators of Care, and volunteers working with children, youth or vulnerable adults were invited to attend one of the workshops, either in person, or via webinar conferencing. Other volunteers were also welcome to attend. There was no cost. The workshops were conducted by Theresa Campbell, Director of Operations at the Catholic Pastoral Centre and Lorie Harrison, Registered Professional Counsellor at Legacy Ridge – Trauma Recovery & Resource Centre.
• Message from Bishop Mark Hagemoen about an episode of The Fifth Estate that aired on Nov. 17, 2019: UPDATE re: Covenant of Care and CBC program
• Nov. 8, 2019 survey response from the Diocese of Saskatoon to The Fifth Estate television program about historical review of cases, and publication of names of persons who are “credibly accused” of sexual abuse: Diocesan RESPONSE
• The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has also posted an update on how the bishops are implementing guidelines on protecting minors from sexual abuse. The statement also addresses the question of publishing names of persons who have been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse, but not criminally charged and/or convicted: PDF of the CCCB Statement
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is committed to providing safe and respectful church communities and creating healthy ministerial relationships, and to protecting people from abuse and the harm that results.